Superminis should be fun to drive, economical and use the most of the interior space on offer. Audi also adds luxurious and refined to that mix to offer a real treat on four wheels. The Audi A1 has been revised very recently and offers a raft of kit as well as a new 1 litre three cylinder engine (coming in 2015). See below for more details on this lovely little car:
The two petrol units on offer comprise of two versions of the turbocharged 1.4-litre TFSI. The ‘standard’ unit with power up from 122PS to 125PS and CO2 down from 124g/km to 115g and the ‘Cylinder-on-Demand’ alternative now offering 150PS with CO2 output of 112g/km.
The 1.6 TDI retains its place as the efficiency trailblazer in the range, with CO2 output in this latest version reduced from 99g/km to 92g/km in both body styles and economy potential increased from 74.3mpg to up to 80.7mpg according to the combined cycle test.
In mid 2015 a new 1 litre three cylinder engine will be available – the first that Audi has ever offered. Provisional data for the A1 1.0 TFSI indicates that it will be capable of returning at least 60mpg with CO2 emissions of 99g/km, yet with 95PS – a 6PS increase over the 1.2 TFSI that it replaces – will also deliver suitably peppy performance.
As before, the SE, Sport and S line specification levels that make up the latest UK range feature specific suspension set-ups – SE versions run on more comfort-oriented dynamic suspension, Sport models have a firmer sports configuration which has been revised to increase its absorbency and S line versions ride even lower on S line sports suspension.
Features common to all versions include alloy wheels, remote central locking, air conditioning, electric front windows and mirrors and a six-speaker single CD audio system with auxiliary iPod connection linked to a 6.5-inch retractable display. A secondary collision brake assist system also now joins this list for the latest range, which can initiate automatic braking to reduce the risks of skidding and additional collisions during an accident.
The Audi S1 and S1 Sportback with 231PS and quattro permanent all?wheel drive remain as the performance flagships of the new range. Their 2.0 TFSI engine produces 231PS and 370 Nm (272.9 lbft) of torque, enabling the three-door version to sprint from rest to 62mph in 5.8 seconds (Sportback 5.9) and to reach a top speed of 155mph.
The new A1 and A1 Sportback ranges are priced from £15,390 OTR to £21,640 OTR. The car is available to order from late November 2014 and first delliveries will be in spring 2015. We at Car Articles like the A1 very much and think that smaller cars are a great way to combat our ever more congested road network!